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2/22/2015 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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Cultural Cuisine 2015

Join us Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015 for endless cultural hors d'oeuvres prepared by our Culinary Arts students. 

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3/7/2015 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Discovery Day

Want to visit us in person? Attend Discovery Day to experience campus life at FVTC.

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3/12/2015 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
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Fox Cities Operational Excellence Association (FCOEA)

Join us for presentations, round table discussions, idea sharing and more.

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3/20/2015 - 3/21/2015
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Sewing & Quilting Expo

14th annual Sewing & Quilting Expo, Friday & Saturday, March 20 & 21, Oshkosh Riverside Campus

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3/23/2015 - 3/27/2015
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3/28/2015 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Garden Talk

Learn gardening tips from the experts! Saturday, March 28

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Manufacturing

Machine Tool Technology

Erin Wyngaard

Machine Tool Technology

Spring 2013

Mar 1, 2013

Gearing Up for a Hot Career

Demands for area machinists continue to create high-tech opportunities for skilled workers.

As a single mother with two young children, Erin Wyngaard knew going back to school at age 34 would be a struggle. Discovering that she was the only woman enrolled in Fox Valley Technical College’s Machine Tool Technician program didn’t discourage her either. “I’ve always been mechanically inclined and like working with my hands,” she says. “However, the real reason for choosing this program had a lot more to do with its career outlook.”

Wyngaard is familiar with manufacturing from having previously worked on an assembly line at a plastic extrusion plant. “When I decided to go back to work full-time, I started applying for similar positions,” she recalls. “I soon discovered that there were only a few of those jobs available, and for every opening there were hundreds of applicants.”

During this same process of looking for a job, Wyngaard also noticed that there were many openings for individuals who could operate Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machining equipment. “I then discovered I could get the training I needed at Fox Valley Technical College,” she says.

While Wyngaard’s attitude is inspiring, the Neenah resident admits it was not all smooth sailing. “I struggled a bit at first, but my instructor, Kelly Curran, encouraged me to continue,” she recalls. “Fox Valley Tech’s hands-on curriculum has been the key to my success.”

Wyngaard plans to graduate this May, but even more exciting is that she was hired as a full-time machinist for Custom Marine, Inc. in Neenah, a worldwide manufacturer of tailpipes and exhaust systems for the boating industry. Later, Wyngaard may look to FVTC for more skills in either robotics or welding.

Snapshot of Success

Fox Valley Technical College’s Machine Tool Technician program added course offerings for the summer of 2013 to help meet area demands for skilled machinists. The most recent TechConnect data revealed more than 200 jobs for these professionals in the region.

Average grad placement rate: 97%

Source: 2011 & 2012 FVTC Graduate Employment Research Reports